University/College farm

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

The Organic Farming Research and Education Unit (OFREU), a 20-acre USDA-certified organic farm and research facility, is available for organic vegetable production, the student community supported agriculture program, Sustainable Agriculture Program (SAG) student apprenticeships, teaching resources and courses for the SAG curriculum, and faculty and student research in sustainable organic horticultural production systems. OFREU also serves as a venue for labs and hands-on learning.

Degree/Program Type:
State:

The Student Sustainable Farm is an "outdoor classroom for specialized, interdisciplinary coursework, providing unique opportunities, hands-on experience, and research opportunities for students."  Additionally, the farm focuses on organic production and community involvement, provides summer internships, offers an 8-week summer course on organic farming, and runs a CSA program. 

Degree/Program Type:
State:

The Roth Center for Sustainable Agriculture serves as the living laboratory space for Delaware Valley University’s major in Sustainable Agriculture Systems. The Center is available for research, class demonstrations, and lab projects.

Degree/Program Type:
State:

Part of the Southern Illinois University Farms system, the Sustainability Center is comprised of the student-run Sustainable Farm and Greenhouse, a Vermicomposting Center, and the Paper Recycling Project. Research and work-study opportunities are available.  The farm operates a seasonal CSA, markets produce locally, and provides organic vegetables to the Southern Illinois University dining halls.

Degree/Program Type:
State:

The Center promotes sustainability at Slippery Rock University and in the local community. Located on 83 acres of the university campus, the Center operates a demonstration farm, demonstrates sustainable technologies and systems; supports sustainability-focused academic initiatives and research; and sponsors events, workshops and programs.

Degree/Program Type:
State:

The Purdue University Student Farm offers students experiential learning opportunities, serves as a site for undergraduate research on sustainable agriculture, and offers courses to students who participate in the farm's operation.

Degree/Program Type:
State:

The Matanuska Experiment Farm at the University of Alaska is part of the Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Station. It "provides a site in Southcentral Alaska for research in sustainable agriculture, land reclamation and other environmental issues like renewable energy and environmental remediation."

Degree/Program Type:
State:

The 365-acre Shone Farm provides hands-on experience to students in the Sustainable Agriculture and Animal Science Programs. Students produce and sell grass-fed beef, direct market value-added products, and operate a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

Degree/Program Type:
State:

Seeds@City Urban Farm, a hands-on training in sustainable, organic, local and community agriculture, is the outdoor laboratory for the San Diego City College sustainable agriculture program.

Degree/Program Type:
State:

The 1.2 acre Pomona College Organic Farm serves as a site for hands-on education in "various methods of small-scale ecological farming." Students, faculty and staff use the farm for academic studies and have conducted research for thesis projects on sustainability. The farm hosts local school groups and community tours, and offers workshops and events for community members.

Degree/Program Type:
State:

The 300-acre Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility is "dedicated to investigating irrigated and dry-land agriculture in a Mediterranean climate." The Century Experiment (formerly known as LTRAS - Long Term Research Agricultural Sustainability) is a long-term, 100-year study implemented in 1993 on the main plots of Russell Ranch. The Experiment also includes the former Sustainable Agriculture Farming Systems (SAFS) research project.

Degree/Program Type:
State:

The Soil Stewards Student Farm operates a 3-acre organic farm and research site at the University of Idaho and runs a local CSA.

Degree/Program Type:
State:

The Richard Alsina Fulton Center for Sustainability Studies facilitates practical training and research and is used to demonstrate sustainable methods of soil improvement, weed and pest control, cover and biointensive cropping, rotation, use of compost and green manures, and alternative fuel research. The Center includes the Fulton Farm, a USDA-certified 50-acre farmstead, passive-solar greenhouses, solar and wind-generated electricity demonstrations, and a Community Supported Agriculture program. Previously called the Fulton Center for Sustainable Living.

Degree/Program Type:
State:

The Sterling College Farm programs in vegetable production, livestock management and woodlot management support the courses in the Sustainable Agriculture major and in the Food Systems major, serve the College's dining hall, and offer general farming experience for agriculture students.

Degree/Program Type:
State:

Rogers Farm serves as the University's organic and sustainable agriculture research facility and is used for "a wide range of teaching, research and outreach activities." The University operates its student-run community-supported agriculture program on the farm.

Degree/Program Type:
State:

The Sustainable Agriculture Program awards an Associate in Applied Science and three certificates in sustainable agriculture. The program includes instruction by local farmers, research in sustainable agriculture, hands-on classes, and field trips to local farms and businesses.

Degree/Program Type:
State:

The Grand Valley State University Sustainable Agriculture Project and farm provides students, faculty and staff with a space for research and experiential learning in sustainable and organic agriculture and incorporates a CSA. The Project also offers courses, programs, internships and other activities that promote awareness about sustainable development.

Degree/Program Type:
State:

The Sustainable Food Program focuses on facilitating education on sustainable food topics, collaborative programming and outreach, and growing sustainable food in support of the University of Michigan community and environment. The Campus Farm "is the center for hands-on learning related to sustainability, food systems, and food production."

Degree/Program Type:
State:

Students use the Teaching and Research Farm and Agroecology Laboratory to enhance their coursework in agroecology, agroforestry, renewable energy, and sustainable farming practices. The farm is approximately 35 acres of pasture with 130 acres woodlot and woodlands. It includes a large greenhouse, late-nineteenth century barn, and a student residence where students work on the sustainable production of vegetables, fruit crops, poultry and livestock.

Degree/Program Type:
State:

The Yale Sustainable Food Program manages the Yale Farm, collaborates with faculty at the undergraduate and graduate level on courses and educational opportunities related to food and agriculture, supports the Yale University sustainable dining program and offers diverse events related to food and agriculture.

Degree/Program Type:
State:

The SAG program offers a minor in Sustainable Agriculture and a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Agriculture with a Farming or a Community Food Systems Track. SAG is hands-on, featuring field-based coursework and an apprenticeship at the University of Kentucky Organic Farming Research and Education Unit (OFREU), home to the University's Community Supported Agriculture program." An interdisciplinary team of researchers from multiple departments conduct organic-focused research on 13 acres of the OFREU.

Degree/Program Type:
State:

Students use organic techniques on six acres for outdoor field production and on 9,000 square feet of year round high tunnel production. "The farm is a hands-on learning environment for low-input, environmental and economically sustainable food production."  The farm hosts research projects, offers tours and workshops related to organic and sustainable agriculture, and markets agricultural products to university residence halls or directly to customers on campus.

Degree/Program Type:
State:

"West Virginia University's Organic Agriculture Research Farm is among the largest certified organic research farms dedicated to teaching, research and outreach." Undergraduates and graduates have access to 144 acres of certified organic farm land for research on a range of academic disciplines, including "horiticulture, agronomy, soil science, animal science, soil biology, plant pathology, entomology, weed science, and agricultural economics."

Degree/Program Type:
State:

Paul Quinn College converted its football field into the student- and employee-operated organic "WE Over Me Farm". Located in a food desert, the Farm provides organic produce to local charitable organizations, community members, the college, and restaurants and grocers in Dallas, TX.

Degree/Program Type:
State:

The Eggert Family Organic Farm, a 30-acre certified organic farm near the Pullman, WA campus, is operated through the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences. The farm is used for teaching and Extension, and for the WSU scientific community to conduct organic research projects. Students in the Practicum in Organic Agriculture class operate the farm and gain hands-on training in organic production and certification, and in local food marketing.

Degree/Program Type:
State:

Pages